With my trusty calendar, which has a double page month-at-view style (similar to the flylady version) at the ready, I've zoned it, added the weekly menu and listed a job each day. For January, each week has an area to be cleared of clutter, after that it's tackling regular cleaning. Before Christmas I tackled the kitchen and cleared a few sacks of clutter from drawers and cupboards, just by setting a timer for several 15 minutes stints.
Armed with my to do list and a duster, I've spent time putting things away in their new homes.
Last week M struggled to paint up the stair walls, the ceilings are extremely high in this house so it wasn't easy. The cat ornaments are dusted and replaced. Incidentally above the top on the window, the ceiling is another 8' up.
I've started back at the Knit & Natter, they had cake yum!
Watched a good film with friends.
I've crocheted a Yoda
Listened to an audio book 'Summer with my Sister' by Lucy Diamond
Started listening to 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho
Today the bud vases were dusted and have their new home on top of the bookcases in the front porch.
They used to be on a plate shelf above the fire in the dining room - which before it was opened up had the French dresser across it.
The French dresser is on the opposite side of the dining room now. The plate shelves above the dresser were removed too, I still absent mindedly try to hang ironed shirts up there. The photo above the marquetry cat made by M, is a print of the square in Petersfield, Hampshire. It was a present from when I worked there, my husband and I met whilst both working in Petersfield, so it has fond memories.
Next week these Christmas decorations need to be glued before being packed away.
My Christmas present needs planting up.
This weekend whilst sitting by the fire I've -
Knitted some more of M sock, which took a back seat whilst I crocheted angel gifts for Christmas and finished a crochet blanket.
Tried different ideas for another blanket
Looked over my craft to-do list which is looking a bit like this -
M socks finish
bunting using the left over stash from the blanket
crochet a stormtrooper kit
crochet a reindeer kit
table mats - finish,
picot edge scarf (was a KAL),
knit - jumper,
knit or crochet washcloths etc.
Thought about the next Cookery Calendar Challenge.
Remembered to comment on blogs straight away, as I always forget later.
Teen 2 (15) has enjoyed a late lunch
Teen 1 (17) has played XBox
M has started the Sunday roast - large birds sold out.
Next week after the upstairs bedroom fireplace has been cemented, bricked in and plastered, it'll be painted. The true colour, despite the bad light today, is the shade card on the right (below). The room was originally 2 rooms with the 2 end walls painted deep red. It was like that when we moved in 10 years ago. The house was originally 2 houses that had been converted into one, all with high ceilings.
Whatever you get upto this week, I hope you have a good week.